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Old 08-17-2009, 10:13 AM   #15
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that 74 is calling my name

dang, i gotta quit readin' this forum...I got a line on a 74 for 1250-the rebuild yearn keeps yankin' on me....
ol' Bill the newbie with aspirations...
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:16 PM   #16
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Previous Owner got all of his stuff out of the bathroom today.....floor feels very sturdy. All surfaces in bath in great shape. Going to put my new video scope in the black and water tanks to see how they have faired for the past 25 years.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:47 PM   #17
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Very nice! It was doing nobody any good sitting. You obviously have the gumption to dive in which tells me you'll use it when road worthy even if not perfect. If you spend a couple thousand a year on the resto the rig will recover at least have that in value. The newer model would be losing value every year. Another benefit is that when something breaks out on the road (it always will) there's a good chance you'll know exactly how to fix it. The older rigs were lighter which means more cool stuff you can drag home from your trips .
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Old 08-20-2009, 02:51 PM   #18
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The fun will begin this weekend when I drag her over the hill to my house. I have a case of beer in the frig, 6 jack stands, and a new pack of Sawz-All blades ! I'm ready for almost anything !! Oh, and some new 1/8" drill bits
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Old 08-20-2009, 03:38 PM   #19
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The fun will begin this weekend when I drag her over the hill to my house. I have a case of beer in the frig, 6 jack stands, and a new pack of Sawz-All blades ! I'm ready for almost anything !! Oh, and some new 1/8" drill bits

When you pull off the belly pan and the mouse nests rain down upon you, will need more than one case of beer! Been there done that!

Welcome to the world of Airstreams! Whatever you find just remember, MOST all vintage owners have experenced some or all the things that you are about to uncover! And some of them aint pretty. But they all can be fixed. Just keep throwing money at it!

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Old 08-20-2009, 06:37 PM   #20
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Hey Clyde-2, Good choice. I purchased a '68, 25' Tradewind last November. It had set in one spot so long it was up to the frame in dirt. The filth you will find in there is very scarry . . . just take a lot of showers later in the day. The fella that sold the A/S to me came by the other day and just stood there . . . he couldn't believe the transformation. You will have fun and at times you will feel you made a big mistake. Just keep plugging away at each project (there will be many more that you think). The outcome will be worth it. All my friends thought I had lost my mind, now they all want to come over to visit and want to know when I'm taking them on a trip. Put your receipts in an envelope and don't look at the money you are going to be spending until the end. Good luck.
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:39 PM   #21
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T minus 24hrs and counting........ till the old girl comes to her new home. Just got back from the neighbors and he has about 95% of his junk out of it. Was able to jump up and down on the bathroom floor, felt very good, and I weigh 260. I suspect there will be many treasures on the belly pan. Gonna use my new Milwaukee Inspection scope to peak in there and see what is going on before I pull the entire pan off. Dropped off my 33' 2009 pristine Flagstaff at a consignment lot today......don't think I'll miss it one bit !! I've already had 4 people offer me double my money !! If I run out of beer....I have scotch for eradication of any cooties and dingleberries !!! Thanks for all of the positive thoughts guys....will start posting pics as the transformation begins !!!!
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Old 08-21-2009, 10:40 AM   #22
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Either install a gray tank, a lot of work, or carry a "blue tote" (SmartTote Portable Tanks) and dump into that then take it to the dump station. If you are at a site with a sewer hookup, it doesn't matter.

EVERYDAY...learing new things... Bought a 1971 international w/o any knowledge of tanks. Guess I thought all AS had both gray and black tanks. BUMMER... Now, what do I do? Do I need a grey tank? DONT LAUGH...or will it route to the back tank...be gentle Im sensitive....
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Old 08-21-2009, 12:35 PM   #23
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One advantage of the separate grey and black tanks is you dump the black tank first and then "flush" with the grey water before rinsing
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Old 08-22-2009, 07:23 AM   #24
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Last Post in this subforum Moderators !! I know I'm skewing of topic for this area of the forum but figured I should post a conclusion to the story I started.


Finally hooked onto the old girl last nite with the help of a hi-lift jack, my 1975 FJ40 and my son. 3 of the 4 tires still had air in them. 4th is completely rotted. After some additonal in the tire next to the rotted one, we cautiously pulled her over the hill to our house. After I un-hooked, I pulled up a camp chair, grabbed a cold one, admired my new purchase, and savoured the moment as the sun went down. Now its time to get to work !!!
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Old 08-22-2009, 07:25 AM   #25
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Thought it might be nice to post a couple pics !!
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Congrats on one heck of a deal, it looks exactly like mine except for ridiculously less $$. Enjoy the resto/remodel, I'll be following your progress. -tim
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